Camp Dates: May 29-Aug. 16 2023
Who can join ?
No experience necessary.
All abilities welcome.
Where is it?
2000 Gulf Blvd.
(Behind the Aquarius Condos)
Free Parking at Beach Access 4
Summer Surf Camp
The School of Surf & Ocean Safety
Our Summer Surf camp is also known as "The School of Surf and Ocean Safety" Kids Camp . Our camp teaches all levels of surfing and also encourages fun exercises that engage kids in learning about ocean safety and marine life. We fill our day with daily yoga warm-ups, surfing lessons, exciting marine life exploration, water safety games, and insightful ecology adventures.
Daily surf training at insured, permitted and defined surf location
Top training by professional surfing instructors 4:1
Ocean Safety class and drill training for memorization and safe practices
Ocean Awareness and Beach Ecology knowledge
High quality beach equipment
FREE SALT LIFE & SPI Sessions Short Sleeve Rash guard Jersey (3-day Camp Purchase Only)
Level assessment skill test to better adapt your child to advancing levels
Full time beach lifeguard monitoring campers and ocean activity
Sunscreen application assistance
Daily temperature scan
Photos of your child's camp experience
Ice cold drinking water and shade tent
Reserve your KIDS spot today- REGISTER BELOW
The School of Surf & Ocean Safety
Our Commitment to Safety-
Safety is our first priority as proven by our six years of camp operations and safety record. We follow guidelines and training from both American Red Cross and United States Lifeguarding Association to ensure the safest and most rewarding experiences. We always keep a student to instructor ratio of 4:1 and all of our instructors have certifications in First Aid, CPR, and are open ocean trained. We also carry a comprehensive insurance package, including general liability.
Ocean Safety Education consists of:
- Wave prediction and judgement
- Longshore current identification
- Conservation of the Coast awareness
- Sun exposure and UV awareness
- Beach Ecology and marine science education
- Venomous Marine Life awareness and first aid
- Popular marine life education
- Rip current identification, awareness, and existing procedure
Want to Book Multiple Camps & Sessions?
Planning several trips during the summer? Use our multi-camp booking page here.
So what do you do for 3 hours?
SURF!! ...and we have so much fun!
A typical day at surf camp begins with making sure everyone has a SPI SESSIONS jersey on and has all of the safety gear ready and/or on. This includes proper sunscreen protection, hats, long sleeve UV protection and a reusable water bottle on standby. We will review our rules about basic camp etiquette and new guidelines regarding Covid-19.
Stretching and warming up is a great way to start our morning. Kids love the drills and exercises we teach them and our balance challenging games. We next will perform a level assessment check to make sure we can split the campers into pods that are fit to their level of surfing ability.Younger campers with little experience are one-on-one with the instructors while in the water. Older Campers work in the water with our instructors.
Campers are given a land lesson that will review all of methodology and basics of surfing. Each day campers will experience new tricks and steps that will ensure their confidence while in the water and surfing.
Surf, Surf, Surf! We are often so excited to meet our new campers each week and sometimes hard to even get the kids to stop surfing. We our mindful of our hydration and sun breaks, reapplication of sunscreen, and snack breaks. We do break for lunch and usually like to take a short walk to learn about coastal conservation and beach ecology.
Pick-up for Surf Camp is at 1:00pm. Parents are of course welcome to come early and watch us surf! Please follow proper pick-up procedures so our staff is aware of who is leaving our site.
Frequently Asked Questions
...we're here to help!
We pretty much have you covered on the beach, but there are a few personalized items we suggest you bring to your lesson: a reusable water bottle, ocean-safe sunscreen, towel, and comfortable and proper fitting swim attire.
Our camps include all the necessary equipment you will need to get started. We also provide your child with a surfing shirt for sun and board rash protection, wax, a soft top learning board, and professional coaching.
Instruction for all skill levels
3 Hour Sessions
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Certified Instructors
Experienced Surf Instructors
Size appropriate surfboards for each participant
Camp/Sun Protection Jersey (available for purchase)
Permitted & Private Beach Location
Licensed & Insured Program
Shade and Cold Water
Free beach access parking
Meet us on the beach at 2000 Gulf Blvd.. The public beach access at this location is Beach Access #4 and titled "Beach Circle". Public parking is free.
Fall and Winter Season Only: We are local surf instructors that are available for surfing lessons at your convenience. We don't ask you to pay $10 to surf the jetty, we have the whole island! Let us know where you are staying and we will come to you or pick our favorite surf spots for you!
Surf camps are open to all ages and abilities- so no excuses! We are trained professionals that are happy to accommodate any special needs. Please make us aware of any special needs that you or child may have including any physical ailments, challenges or allergies.
All of our beach life instructors are American Red Cross Certified in CPR and first aid, and open water safety. We also take extra precaution and recruit medical interns to help us keep a watchful eye on the water. We have an impeccable safety record and we are very proud of it!
SPI Sessions has a unique approach to our staff. We call ourselves ‘Beach Life Instructors’ because we believe we share more with the student than just a surfing lesson. We are well-rounded individuals with love for all things friendly to our beach and lifestyle. We maintain a rotating staff of 4-5 Beach life Instructors and 3-5 Science Specific Trainers. In a lesson setting we maintain a 4:1 ratio of surfer to instructor staff to maintain the attention necessary for adequate surf technique and stoke. We are very proud to have a strong staff of vetted individuals eager to share the stoke of surfing and eco-awareness.
Safety is a priority with us at SPI Sessions.
-Our instructors follow a designated operational plan for safety during lessons and are trained and certified in First Aid/CPR and open water safety.
- We also have a safety script that each session reviews.
- … and just in case of an emergency, we are prepared with an Emergency Plan (Click here to read).
We are confident that you will see surfing the way we do. It has the capacity to change your life and become one of the most special things you do. Check out what we do to get you started: • The Basics of Surfing • Paddling the Board • Catching Waves • Standing Up on the Board • Wave Selection • Turning Techniques • Surf Etiquette • Ocean Awareness and Safety
Our Lessons Center location is straight out from city beach access 4. It is also called "beach circle". The public parking lot has limited free parking, however, there is also parking on the street side, and in front of both the Aquarius Condominiums and the Padre Grand. Lock up and Meet us on the beach!
Surfing is a variable sport, but there are so many skills and fun ways to experience surfing out of the water. We take pride in making sure that our camps are full of fun things-to-do. We have balance boards, lily pad mats (to roll out and play on in the water), snorkels and SUPS to take out on flat ocean water days). We make sure the kids leave camp with a brain full of surfing knowledge
If you need to cancel your reservation we ask that you will do so 7-days prior to your booked camp. Camps cancelled 7-days in advance will receive a full refund. Please keep in mind, we have to turn people away every year and we do count on the full camps to keep up with our camp costs of business.